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Sandy Lands 29/10/2012

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Hurricane Sandy has made landfall with sustained winds of 80 mph, close to 8:00 p.m. EDT, October 29, 2012, at Atlantic City, New Jersey—49 miles from Cape May, the point suggested earlier by the chart for Mercury’s entry into Sagittarius (see previous post). At that time, hurricane-force winds were being recorded up to 175 miles from the storm’s center. (The time was reported by the National Weather Service.)

The New York Times reports that the storm “had unexpectedly picked up speed as it roared over the Atlantic Ocean” during the day. According to one eyewitness, “‘It’s the worst I’ve seen,’ said David Arnold, watching the storm from his longtime home in Long Branch, N.J. ‘The ocean is in the road, there are trees down everywhere. I’ve never seen it this bad.'”

And, symbolically–in view of the impending presidential election posing as a referendum on the decisions, actions and inactions emanating from the financial disaster of 2008–there is this: “Waves topped the sea wall in the financial district in Manhattan, sending cars floating downstream.”

In the chart below, note the Jupiter-Mars opposition (aligned with the position of the previous lunar eclipse: a special Full Moon) across the horizon, relating to local (Gemini) and long-distance (Sagittarius) transportation—the magnitude and debilitating effects emphasized by Jupiter exactly on the Ascendant in Gemini (sign of Jupiter’s detriment). Among the effects of the storm so far are the shutdown of subway systems from Boston to Washington, and Amtrak and commuter rail systems; and the cancellation of about 1000 flights at the three major New York airports, and 1200 at Philadelphia.

The time of landfall was coincident with high tide, two hours after local (Full) moonrise.

Note oceanic Neptune in oceanic Pisces as the planet closest to the meridian. The meridian itself is at the midpoint of the epochal Uranus-Pluto configuration, representing this decade’s disruption and destruction of existing structures and modes of living on a global scale.

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1. Dave of Maryland - 31/10/2012

Hello Pete, we just got power back on an hour ago. I’m catching up. A couple of quick notes: The Old Farmers – and ourselves – were initially wrong because there were too many factors at play.

Here in Harford County, MD (just east of Baltimore), the storm was over by 9 pm on Monday. I was sleeping (what else to do when it’s been dark for hours?) and woke up to stillness at 9:30. At first I thought, it’s over, but then I thought, this storm is a thousand miles in diameter, it must be that we’re passing through the eyewall (Sandy was set to pass within 20 miles of here), but then I remembered that Sandy was only briefly that well organized and that was days earlier and that, last I saw on TV, around 4 pm (we lost power at 4:40 pm), Sandy had turned into a front and was no longer a hurricane at all.

I don’t know what this means for Sandy’s status further north and east of here on Monday night, as I’ve not seen TV since Monday. First thing Tuesday morning the radio said Sandy was 90 miles west of Philly, which would put it more or less due north of me, except that there was no Sandy by that time. I think the broadcasters were reporting stories that had been prepared in advance. I did not think that was done with weather stories.

Today, Halloween, just as the Farmers predicted: Sunny and cold.

zoidion - 03/11/2012

Dave, it sounds like no physical damage at your place—that’s good. Was there storm surge flooding in Chesapeake Bay? It looks (from a precip map on Paul Douglas’ weather blog) that your region had A LOT of rain.
I had little computer access from noon on the 31st until this morning, but before that saw a report that the storm essentially stalled on the 30th over PA. That was the day after the Full Moon opposite Saturn. Also had a look at the NY Times on the 1st—it had a number of photos of devastation in NY/NJ area. But what about lingering effects elsewhere? That’s not so easy to determine at this point. I’m interested in the nature and pace of recovery—e.g., in some areas are households billed for getting reconnected to the grid? I expect such issues to become bigger with increasing frequency of “100-year” storms.

Dave of Maryland - 03/11/2012

Hello Pete, I’m recovering from doing too much on Friday. Hurricane Floyd put 3 feet of water in our basement in 1999, but I spent that year in Santa Fe so did not see that. Result: French drains.

So I was surprised Tuesday morning to find 9″ of water in the basement. Just standing there. Were the drains effete French cheese-eating things? The answer came Wednesday morning when suddenly the drains kicked in and everything was gone in a flash: The surge up the Chesapeake had raised the water table. Once the surge faded, the basement drained. We’re about two miles from the bay.

Trees down all over. Neighbor’s tree came down in our back yard. Directly across the street a tree came down on a neighbor’s house, but it was far enough from it not to have damaged the house. A street over – easy walking distance – a tree fell down and took out the power lines and a pole and a transformer down the way, which is why we had no power. Since this is an obscure, lightly populated residential area and the job at least one full day, we were fearful we would be last on the list, but first thing Wednesday morning a team of Georgians attacked it. Late that afternoon we heard they would not finish until Thursday, which was a great disappointment as we were all cold and hungry by then. But to my delight, the power was restored at 8:00 pm, 90 minutes after darkness fell. All praise to cheese eating surrender monkeys from peachy Georgia.

So by Thursday people here in Harford Co. were pretty much back to normal. Did not hear of any great problems in the neighboring counties, which includes Baltimore. The worst of the storm was from about 3 pm to 9 pm on Monday. If it had been as long as advertised (all night Monday, all day and night Tuesday), it would have been a real mess. In my rain gauge was 4.4 inches, but as I rarely check it, it might have had some from previous storms. We’ve had far worse rains.

I have not seen a lot of flyovers of the Long Island, Staten Island and Jersey shores. What I have seen shows lots of burned out areas, in other words, the Breezy Point fire was not the only one. Remember the media is based in New York and is lazy. They will do live reports from outside their offices but will be slow to get across the river. And if they don’t, nobody will ever know. Which is why Hoboken’s mayor (I think she was the one) was so very vocal. Her town had been passed over before. (To say nothing of irate Staten Islanders!) Destruction further inland, destruction in PA and DE, in Delmarva (Delaware+Maryland+Virginia, by the way) may never be known. Sunday and Monday, Delmarva was hit by intense, soaking rains. There should have been widespread flooding.

As with criminal offenses, it’s not the disaster, but the response to the disaster. Jersey’s governor looks like he’s up to the job. Cuomo and Bloomberg are making matters worse. I’d hate to be in the New York metro area, which I know quite well.

zoidion - 03/11/2012

Dave,
Thanks for the report from the ground. That’s the kind of thing I’m looking for. Jeez, that’s a lot of water in the basement, even briefly. And the neighbor’s tree—at least you won’t have that hanging over your piece of mind any more, eh?
I found a general summary of impacts, state by state, at Huffington Post, but focused mostly on NY/NJ. Such as plans to truck in a huge amount of gasoline and diesel, and provide 10 gal. for “free.” Reuters has some good stuff, but again little on the hinterlands.
Now I see the weather folks are forecasting a nor’easter for Wed. the 6th (last quarter moon). The main astro indicators are Neptune near the upper meridian (almost seven degrees west at Baltimore), and of course the Mercury station.

2. Dave of Maryland - 04/11/2012

Hello Pete, It wasn’t that much water as we have only a partial basement, about 200 sq.ft. Under the rest of the house is a generous 3 foot crawl space. Tuesday morning we were down there with galoshes and flashlights and managed to salvage most everything.

Wednesday the basement drained but there was no power and so no light until very late in the evening, so we did not get to cleanup until Thursday.

Got most of the work done on Thursday, with the final details on Friday. Then I got enthused and processed the store’s orders, fixed the lawn sweeper and late in the day had a go sweeping the lawn a bit. Lots of leaves out there. I over did it, got palpitations that did not go away in a few minutes, as they do when I’m lucky. Palpitations make for an inefficient heart pumping station which means no energy which means I’m in bed until they end. By late Saturday I was desperate and trying all kinds of things. I finally got it to end around 9 pm last night. But by then I had scads too much energy stacked on my heart, the result was heart cramping. And the very lengthy palpitations left a lot of water in my lungs, which is why I’m still moving slowly this morning. Given time the heart will strengthen and get the water out of my lungs and I can breathe again. I come from blue-collar stock, a man is to be physical. It always surprises me when I can’t do that anymore.

Why don’t astrologers forecast major storms? Inexperience. All the details are in the charts in front of us, we just don’t know how to read them. When I do a chart of the week, I’ve got a biography and 20-20 hindsight. Jerry Sandusky rapes boys – and feels sorry for himself? Bill Nye has a 7 week marriage? It’s in there. In their charts. When you know what to look for, you’ll find the most amazing details.

But storm charts can’t be read that way. They must be read in advance. We need a comprehensive database of big storm charts. McCormack had that, plus 30 years observation. He would have nailed it. AstroDataBank should set up a database of weather-earthquake charts that can guide weather astrologers.

(Four hours later.) I’m still weak. Tomorrow’s newsletter is cancelled. Apologies.

zoidion - 04/11/2012

Dave,
Egads, man–take it easier. That sounds frightening, for you and your family. As for taking a week off the newslettter, a good idea. It’ll be a most interesting week to observe–got yourself a comfy couch?
As for astro forecasting, the research seems a huge job. And who else has made a long-term project of it? Where are they? Others were doing the research without McCormack being available. Where is their research material? Did anyone anticipate Katrina and other recent destructive but less spectacular storms? I’m too new at this to know the answers.
This has been one of the more active Atlantic hurricane seasons, but what were the indications for which ones would have significant impact? And how is global weirding indicated astrologically? As you suggest, a public database would be helpful. I’ll see if I can interest the Astrodatabank folks in setting one up.
McCormack didn’t include much about hurricanes–did he not “get” them? That’s what I suspect. Because they’re not related to fronts sweeping across continents? He got some dramatic forecasts right in that respect.


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